U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to have a visa to enter Tanzania. Your Tanzania visa is best obtained upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). This is a very easy and cost effective way to obtain your visa and we highly recommend it. Just follow the signs for visa on arrival at JRO upon your arrival. The present cost is $100 USD per person, per visa. Note that credit cards, Canadian dollars, traveler’s checks, and personal checks are not accepted. There are no passport photos required. The visa fee is subject to change without advance notice.
Custom Tanzania Safari
Custom Tanzania Safari
Discover East Africa’s quintessential wildlife frontier — a landscape hosting the “Big Five” as well as colorful birdlife. International Expeditions’ Tanzania Wildlife Safaris take in the country’s legendary wildlife and intriguing cultures in Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti! And while “Serengeti” may mean “endless plains” in the Maasai language, as you’ll learn on your Tanzania safari, it represents classic Africa. Superb naturalists ensure that you discover the most diverse abundance of wildlife while soaking in the scenic beauty and unspoiled wilderness of Tanzania. Whether on game drives or around the campfire at night, our personable local naturalists bring Africa’s mosaic of landscapes to life.
Soak Up the Serengeti
On your Tanzania safari, you want to go where the wildlife lives and the Serengeti Plains are home to the greatest concentration of migratory animals on Earth. Daily game drives during this Tanzania wildlife safari take you into the acacia savannahs and grasslands of the Serengeti for opportunities to spot East Africa’s legendary herds of wildebeest, zebra and more, along with predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog.
For our new Tanzania safaris, International Expeditions has hand-selected boutique accommodations in some of the country's most desirable tented camps and lodges. Highlighting the journey is a two-night stay at the Serengeti Migration Camp, one of Travel + Leisure magazine's "Top 10 Hotels in the World."
Tarangire Teetops Boma Dinner
Serengeti Migration Camp Bedroom Interior
Custom Tanzania Safari Itinerary
U.S. / Arusha, Tanzania
Fly independently to Arusha and overnight at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. (Meals Aloft)
Arusha / Tarangire National Park
Begin the first full morning of our Tanzania wildlife safari adventure with a drive to Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park, aboard our 4x4 Land Cruisers. Before checking into our comfortable accommodations at Tarangire Treetops, we journey through the rolling countryside searching for Tarangire wildlife, including endangered black rhino, antelope, leopard, lion and cheetah. (B,L,D)
Tarangire National Park
Sunrise will just be sweeping across the savannah on our morning Tanzanian walking safari, where our naturalist travel guides will point out elephants and some of the park’s 260 recorded bird species. Tarangire also hosts migrating herds of wildebeest, zebra and Grant’s gazelle, which we’ll look for during our escorted afternoon game drive. After a sundowner cocktail, enjoy a rare nighttime game drive. Spend tonight back at Tarangire Treetops. (B,L,D)
Tarangire / Lake Manyara National Park / Karatu
Our Tanzania wildlife safari expedition itinerary takes us across the Great Rift Valley toward Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its herds of elephant and tree-climbing lions. Game drives here are an opportunity to see buffalo, baboon, waterbuck, flamingo and prides of lion. Continue into the highlands of Karatu to The Manor at Ngorongoro, our home for two nights. (B,L,D)
Ngorongoro Crater / Karatu
After a sumptuous breakfast, set out for the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, the world’s largest unflooded caldera (collapsed cone of a volcano). Protected from the outside world by a huge rim, Ngorongoro Crater’s abundance of food and fresh water supports more than 30,000 large mammals. We’ll descend 2,000 feet into the crater for thrilling game drives among Africa’s “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard), but also search out the rare black rhino — this is your greatest chance to observe the East African black rhino in East Africa. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor, and continue to a nearby Maasai village. During a visit with these welcoming people, learn how this pastoral tribe still tends herds of cows and goats much as their ancestors did. (B,L,D)
Karatu / Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park
Head for the Serengeti, en route visiting Olduvai Gorge, where the earliest evidence of man was found by the Leakey family in the late 1950s. The Serengeti Plains are home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on Earth, and our frequent game drives are a chance to see immense herds. After a picnic lunch and game drive continue to Pioneer Serengeti Camp, where we spend the next two nights under canvas. This intimate camp offer superb views of the Moru Kopjes and Lake Magadi. (B,L,D)
Serengeti National Park
On game drives through the acacia savannahs and grasslands of the southern Serengeti, our guides point out wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, topi, impala and hartebeest along with predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. Along the network of rivers and lakes, we may find hippos and crocodiles. Verreaux’s eagles are sometimes spotted near the granite outcrops of Moru Kopjes. We have ample opportunity in camp to learn more about our expert driver/guides and staff, personable locals who strive to bring this land to life during our African safari. (B,L,D)
Serengeti National Park
Continue to the northern section of the park and Serengeti Migration Camp – named one of Travel + Leisure’s “Top 10 Hotels in the World” – for two nights. The northern section of the park is hillier than what we’ve seen in the south, with thick scrub and forests. Enjoy a traditional African bush breakfast while observing thousands of wildebeest and zebra. (B,L,D Daily)
Serengeti / Arusha / En Route
After a final morning game drive (time permitting) of our Tanzania wildlife safari adventure, travel to the local airstrip and fly to Arusha. Explore Shanga, a workshop that makes beautiful handmade beads, paper, candles, soaps and home décor using recycled materials. Dayrooms are available at the Arusha Coffee Lodge before transferring to the airport for your independent flights home. (B,L)
Arrive home and meet connecting flights to your final destination. (Meals Aloft)
Things to Know
Are visas required for travel to Tanzania?
What vaccinations are required to for travel to Tanzania?
roof of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter Tanzania only if arriving from a yellow fever affected area. North American is not a yellow fever affected area. No other immunizations are required. The CDC recommends that all travelers to East Africa be up-to-date on vaccinations for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT), poliovirus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever and typhoid; however, you should consult with your personal physician.
What kind of vehicles are used on the Tanzania Wildlife Safari?
Getting as close to the wildlife as safely as possible — while being mindful of the potential impact on the animals — is IE’s primary goal for your safari. International Expeditions uses specially equipped, custom-built four-wheel-drive Land Cruisers. These vehicles comfortably accommodate six passengers, each of whom is guaranteed a window seat and roof-hatch access for unimpeded game viewing and terrific photo opportunities. All of our vehicles are equipped with VHF radio communication and cool boxes.